classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailStrawberry daiquiris, the not frozen variety since summer is over…however, I did make an amazing frozen strawberry daiquiri this summer using a favourite recipe from a friend…maybe I’ll have to share that one next…even if it is off season :)

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailI had some strawberry schnapps leftover from a sangria recipe this summer, so I turned the classic daiquiri into a classic strawberry daiquiri with minimal effort. Totally delicious and a fraction of the work of muddling fruit (plus I’m not crazy about the gritty texture of muddled fruit in a non-frozen drink). After a couple cocktails I got too confident in my lime juicing and stopped measuring… I quickly learned that you have to be cautious with the lime, it was easy to get too sour of a cocktail if you aren’t careful.

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailThe classic daiquiri calls for no ice in the glass, but I always have frozen strawberries in the freezer which worked out great for keeping the cocktail cool and adding a little true strawberry flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. rum
  • 2 oz. strawberry schnapps
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice (approx. 2 limes)
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • ice
  • strawberries for garnish (frozen if you have them!)

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add all ingredients except for the frozen strawberries and shake vigorously
  2. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with frozen strawberries to keep it cool
  3. Enjoy!

wordless wednesday – ROK:BRGR

lychee martini & dirty martini @ ROK:BRGR in Ft.Lauderdale, FL

lychee martini & dirty martini @ ROK:BRGR in Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan

classic vintage cocktails: The Manhattan

Ok I’m super excited to start my next seasonal theme! I’ve been dying to try my hand at some vintage classic cocktails, but when my girlfriends declared it the “Summer of Sangria” I put the classic cocktails on hold until well, now (a girl can only consume so much alcohol in a week!). I’ve always been intrigued by the complex and crafty classic cocktails of the past, but I have never actually tried my hand at any with the exception of the basics, you know, the cuba libre, screwdriver, classic martini, that kind of thing.

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan Martini

A few weeks back I saw someone order a Manhattan in a hotel lobby and I immediately knew it would be the first cocktail I would try. I’m pretty sure it was the colour of the cocktail and the maraschino cherry on top that piqued my interest, but don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!

Some recipes call for bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey or Canadian whiskey, but from my research it seems that the original Manhattan was made with a Canadian rye whiskey…Go Canada!

Me feeling a little Don Draper while sipping my Manhattan

Me feeling a little Don Draper while sipping my Manhattan

classic cocktails: The Manhattan

  • Servings: individual
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic vintage cocktails: The Manhattan

A classic cocktail that is not for the faint of heart. Don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!This drink is sure to put a hair or 2 on your chest! but

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Canadian rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Mix whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and stir (not shake!)
  2. Strain into either a martini glass, or a rocks glass with ice and top with a cherry (I stuck with a martini glass while hubby opted for his in a rocks glass with ice.)
  3. Enjoy!

wordless wednesday – cosmopolitan martini

Cosmopolitan martini at The Cove in Westport, Ontario

cosmopolitan martini at The Cove in Westport, Ontario

IRS blues martini

Happy National Martini Day!

“…Although the exact origin of the martini is unknown, this iconic drink has earned a permanent place in the pantheon of classic cocktails. The first printed recipe for a “Martinez” cocktail appeared in a bartending manual published in San Francisco in 1887. However, historians disagree over whether the beverage actually originated on the West Coast. In 1911, a New York City bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia began serving a cocktail made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and an olive garnish. The martini gained widespread popularity among Manhattan socialites, and has been associated with New York ever since. Today, 50% of all cocktails are served in a martini glass. Some of the most famous (historical and fictional) martini lovers include: John D. Rockefeller, Humphrey Bogart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.” – www.punchbowl.com

Martinis have always felt like a winter drink to me (so expect plenty of recipes come late fall/early winter), but none the less today is National Martini Day so in honour of that here is the a martini I had a few weeks ago at my Mom’s house. We got to be the ‘guniea pigs’ for her ‘girls martini weekend’ recipes. This one was my fave!

IRS Blues martini

  • Servings: individual
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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IRS Blues Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz lemon vodka
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • ice
  • lemon wedge

Directions:

  1. Combine vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade in ice filled cocktail shaker
  2. Shake then strain into chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with lemon wedge
  4. Enjoy!